Posted on | July 9, 2012 | 25 Comments
Just look at the Memeorandum headline aggregation:
Protesters raise cloud of sand as
Romney raises $3 million in N.Y.
— Los Angeles Times
Romney Mines the Hamptons for Campaign Cash
— New York Times
Protesters! The Koch Brothers! The Hamptons! Three million dollars! The innocent reader glancing at the headlines could be forgiven for thinking that the Obama campaign is dependent on nickel-and-dime contributions from impoverished widows and orphans.
Of course, we know that Democrats have plenty of rich donors — including Hollywood stars, wealthy heiresses, Wall Street tycoons and corporate fat cats — but for some reason the mainstream media never portray this as scandalous or even particularly newsworthy. Let a Republican like Mitt Romney invite some rich people to a fundraiser in the Hamptons, however, and suddenly the headlines convey a hint of moral turpitude about the whole affair.
Has no one ever protested outside an Obama fundraiser? Why do the MSM feel obligated to turn the anti-Romney protests into headlines? Is there some kind of publicity factor involved?
[F]or some weeks, a consortium of left-wing groups including MoveOn.org, Occupy Wall Street, the Long Island Progressive Coalition, Greenpeace, Strong For All, United New York, the Teamsters Union and others have been urging their members and supporters to turn out for a protest at David Koch’s home.
What? You mean that these were not spontaneous grassroots protests, but were in fact a bunch of organized phony astroturfers? And the MSM treats these left-wing protests as authentic and legitimate news, instead of conveying the truth that this was nothing but a gigantic publicity stunt — a made-for-media photo op — staged by the Usual Suspects?
Did anyone in the MSM use the phrase “Epic Failure” to describe these transparently orchestrated protests? I think not. Nor, for that matter, could we expect anyone in the political press corps to take seriously any threat to Romney posed by criminal trespassers:
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – In a caper that seemed made for the movies, two protesters were arrested Sunday after authorities said they tried to sail across a pond to crash a tony Mitt Romney fundraiser and hit a police boat. . . .
East Hampton Village authorities said David Fink and Simon Kinsella attempted to sail across the police line, ignoring orders from East Hampton Marine Patrol, and “subsequently struck” the police boat.
It’s a “caper”! A high-spirited prank! Don’t try this at an Obama fund-raiser, of course, or the headline writers will tell a much different story:
SECRET SERVICE THWARTS
Right-Wing Extremist Shot by Snipers
While Attempting to Reach President
Of course, everything done by a “right-wing extremist” is automatically scandalous, including Mitt Romney’s tax returns.